Going for Broke (2003) [DVD]

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Delta Burke plays a compulsive gambler, and Gerald McRaney her husband, as in real life, in “Going for Broke.” The film shows the step by step deterioration of a woman’s life when she starts betting at the local casino. She borrows from the foundation for which she works, borrows from family, and eventually gambles the grocery money. Even when she wins, she loses, because she can’t stop.

The story holds one’s interest and one can’t help but feel sorry and frustrated for the character as she digs herself in deeper and deeper, neglecting her children, husband, and job. The story is extra sad because, of course, this happens to people every day due to one addiction or another.
Splendid acting by all of the characters. Outstanding illustration of the consequences of compulsive gambling. Gambling must be viewed as entertainment, not as a means to earn money and to “win back what you have lost.” It is easy to see how you can get seduced into the artificial atmosphere of the casino, and even more so how you can lose track of time at the slot machines, therefore neglecting your obligations, like how Laura put her children’s lives in danger several times. This movie serves as a warning to how anyone can wake up one morning and discover that everything is lost due to gambling addiction…..Everyone with any type of addictive personality NEEDS to see this film.

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